I wouldn't buy anything from Evans Halshaw again. Got my Mondeo from there two years ago. Two weeks later, discovered the drivers side of the heated screen didn't work. Took it back and they looked at it and found the wiring was corroded. They then told me they wouldn't fix it and I would have to go thru my insurance. When I pointed out that insurance would not cover it as the screen was structurally OK, they promptly suggested I get around that by chucking a brick through it.
After I raised strong objections to committing insurance fraud, they then offered to pay the £75 excess if I did it. They only relented when I asked for my money back (I'd paid cash in full).
And that's to say nothing of the dead radiator fan, knackered rear brake, corroded crankshaft pulley and a bunch of other stuff I missed pre-sale.
The other night I disconnected my battery, then reconnected it a short time later. It turned out I removed the positive cable by accident because it sparked a little when I put it back on.
The negative cable appears to be hidden on the other side of the battery underneath the plastic cowl thingy, so how the hell do you remove it without removing the battery?
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Just so you know, you will get this even when reattaching the negative terminal if something in the car is drawing power (like the interior lights, for instance, if you've left one of the doors open).
That aside, I often think that with the way these cars are 'designed', Ford must employ Homer Simpson. Some of the issues you encounter when working on them are just laughable and it boggles the mind that somebody in that position could ever design a car in such a stupid manner.
Apparently he was so much of an idiot, that the solid white lines, "SLOW" painted on the road, and the chevrons at the bend, failed to make any impression on the level of speed he chose to do, almost hitting a car head-on in the process.
You said you didn't get any sign of life from the output on the control module, but I'd urge you to recheck this. When I did mine I noted that there was a signal coming through but only briefly every 30 seconds or so, and only one one of the pins but I can't remember which one. I don't know the ins and outs of how the system works but the upshot is, that was on a working control module.
And yep, James is correct - I know the fan on my mondeo quite intimately, as I'm on my 4th one in two years. Got sick of the crappy Ford ones and have a 14" universal fan in there now. Required a few of the mounts sawing off to get it into the fan chassis (held on with zip ties), and a little light soldering to attach the old fan plug to the bare wires of the new fan, but it works like a charm, and a hell of a lot better than paying Ford nigh on £200 for a new bespoke unit, which only does the same job.
It's not just Fiestas - every Ford has been notorious for rusty arches.
I did the arches on my Focus (and my Escort, and Fiesta) and never used any kind of degreaser. All I did was rub it down, get a bit lairy with the Kurust, then filler, sand, prime, paint, topcoat.
The problem is the 'lip' at the edge of the wheel arch - it fills up with dirt, which gets/stays wet, and causes rust to eat through from the inside - not helped by the stupid carpet wheel-arch liners used on a lot of Ford which serve little purpose other than to hold even more moisture. If you have rust on the outside then it will almost certainly come back at some point. All you can really do (short of replacing the whole panel) is repair it as best you can, then treat the inner wheelarch with Waxoyl to repel water.
I had similar happen to me years back when I had my Focus (only I wasn't doing 75 at the time). The tyres were the ones that came with the 17" alloys I put on at the same time. Came out to the car to find the O/S front tyre flat, with a visible split running most of the way around as if the tyre had completely delaminated itself. Put the spare on and drove home. The next day I noticed the N/S rear was down, and that had the exact same problem.
They'd only been on the car for a month.
I took them both back to the place they came from and it took me almost three months to get a refund, and even then they bullcrapped their way out of the full amount by claiming one tyre had 80% tread, and 75% on the other. In a month? Really?! I was only doing about 100 miles a week.
Anyway, they'd got the tyres so I couldn't argue. Didn't trust the remaining two tyres so ended up buying another full set from somewhere else.